Affinity Designer Tutorials

Start Here…

  1. Affinity Designer 1.5 Overview
  2. Affinity Designer Tutorial – Top 10 Things Beginners Want to Know (a great overview video)
  3. The A to Z of Affinity Designer (“This A to Z list breaks down all the tools and panels, including some useful functions and features. It includes links to Affinity’s official short video tips and descriptions of what each tool can do to help you become acquainted with this program.”)

Tutorials

This is a work in progress…

  1. Affinity Designer Tutorial: The Basics (overview video) (difficulty: 0)
  2. Basic Eyes (very basic) (video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  3. Modern Logo (video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  4. 3D Cube (very basic) (video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  5. Beautiful Floral Design (video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  6. How To Make Reflections (video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  7. Ketchup for Blood Book Cover (blog w/ video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  8. Cute Ice Cream (video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  9. Shopping Logo (video tutorial) (difficulty: 1)
  10. Gear Head Logo (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  11. Artistic Text (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  12. Metal Text (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  13. Glossy Sphere (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  14. Flat Clock Design (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  15. Fire Text Effect (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  16. Cute Cactus (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  17. Wood Text with Reflection and Shadow (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  18. Pumpkin Carriage (text tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  19. Flat Birthday Cake (text tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  20. Making Galaxy (video tutorial) (difficulty: 2)
  21. Water Drops (video tutorial) (difficulty: 3)
  22. Water Dispersion Effect (video tutorial) (difficulty: 3)
  23. Let’s make BB8 (video tutorial) (difficulty: 3)
  24. Captain America Shield (video tutorial) (difficulty: 4)
  25. Festive Christmas Fireplace (video tutorial) (difficulty: 4)
  26. Bunny Cupcake (speed art) (difficulty: 4)
  27. Cute Rooster (text tutorial) (difficulty: 5)
  28. Python Trace (video tutorial) (difficulty: 5)

When submitting your files, please prepend the level number to the beginning of the filename. As an example, “Basic eyes.afdesign” would become “1_Basic eyes.afdesign”.

New Tutorials (need to determine levels)

  1. Dog Sketch Tracing | Part 2 (video tutorial) (difficulty: TBD)
  2. Lighthouse (text tutorial) (difficulty: TBD)
  3. Drawing a Van (video tutorial) (difficulty: TBD)
  4. iPhone Setting Icon Logo (video tutorial) (difficulty: TBD)
  5. Easy Flat Design Character with Shading (video tutorial) (difficulty: TBD)
  6. Retro Tutorial (video tutorial) (difficulty: TBD)

Note: There are many additional AD tutorials at tutsplus.com and frankentoon.com.

BTT1O

For the BTT1O students, you must do a minimum of 8 tutorials, with no more than one “level 1” tutorial. The two that are mandatory are:

  1. Python Trace
  2. Cute Rooster

TGJ3M

For the TGJ3M students, you must do all the level 1 tutorials, a minimum of 3 level 2’s, and a minimum of 2 level 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s.

For the TGJ3M students, you must also find, complete, and recommend one addition tutorial for inclusion on this list. Please submit the name of the tutorial and the URL via Classroom.

Tutorial: “Affinity Designer – For Beginners”

This is a great video for beginners to Affinity Designer as well as vector graphics in general. It provides an overview of starting Designer and walks you through an activity that teaches about:

  • creating drawings,
  • drawing rectangles,
  • layers (locking and positioning),
  • CMYK and HSL foreground and stroke colour selection,
  • manipulation of object nodes,
  • the use of the move tool,
  • the pen tool and the various pen tool modes,
  • how to zoom-to-fit,
  • the place image tool,
  • adding text,
  • use of Pixel Persona,
  • adding texture using a paint brush, and
  • saving and exporting the file.

Here’s the graphic created with this tutorial:

Affinity Designer - For Beginners